CBS Trumpets 'Out of Touch' Mark Sanford's 'Rough Week'; Touted 'Real Possibility' of Anthony Weiner's Mayoral Run
Norah O'Donnell spotlighted former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's "troubles with his ex-wife" on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, and asserted that the disgraced Republican "seemed a little bit out of touch" after running a political ad "saying it's been a tough week for him after...what the people in Boston have gone through."
By contrast, O'Donnell's co-anchor, Charlie Rose, played up how "former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner may be eying a return" and touted "why the unlikely scenario is becoming a real possibility" for the Democrat on the April 11, 2013 edition of the morning program, a mere 12 days earlier.
former NBC correspondent used her "troubles" line about Sanford during a
promo for a report from CBS journalist Jan Crawford. Nearly 10 minutes
later, Rose also teased the report by trumpeting the apparent negative
outlook for would-be congressman: "Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford may be running out of time. His comeback campaign has two weeks to go. We'll show you how a problem with his ex-wife is still tripping him up."
Crawford outlined during the segment that "nearly four years after his admission of the extramarital affair that seemingly destroyed his political career....Sanford's private life has again gone public, and he's airing things out with a full-page ad in the Charleston Post and Courier." She later added that "in spite of the fall from grace, he's worked to overcome. His former mistress is now his fiance, and this month, they made their first major public appearance together. But political redemption remains a work in progress."
Moments before O'Donnell blasted Sanford as "out of touch", Crawford herself asserted that "if Sanford loses to Colbert Busch, I think we can all see it seems a pretty clear sign the voters have just had enough of his personal life."
Interestingly, the CBS correspondent never overtly identified the former governor as a Republican. She led her report by noting that "there are the court documents that revealed his ex-wife had accused him of trespassing at her home. Then, right away, he [Sanford] lost his financial backing from the National Republican Congressional Committee." She later identified Elizabeth Colbert Busch as Sanford's "Democratic rival", and that their political battleground is a "solidly-conservative district."
The full transcript of Jan Crawford's report from Tuesday's CBS This Morning: